Rome’s Municipal Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale) is located on the Aventine Hill, in the Via di Valle Murcia and apart from (especially while the renowned competition is going on) being an interesting tourist attraction in its own right, it also offers a gorgeous view of a.o. the Palatine Hill and the Circus Maximus. It also hosts the Premio Roma, an extremely prestigious annual rose competition (see below for dates and hours in 2014).
Already in the 3rd century BC the area where the Roseto is located was a place where flowers were grown and through the years it stayed a site of vineyards and flower gardens.
In the year 1645 it became the Garden of the Jews (Orto degli Ebrei) and it remained that way until the year 1934, when the Jewish cemetery was moved to the Verano. For years nothing was done with the land until 1950, when it became the new seat of the rose garden.
The Roseto Comunale, then in the Colle Oppio park, had become Rome’s official Rose Garden in 1932, at the initiative of (Countess) Mary Gailey Senni, who was married to an Italian nobleman. The following year the Premio Roma was organized for the first time.
When the new Roseto was opened, an obelisk was placed at its entrance, commemorating its former use as a sacred Jewish site. Moreover, the alleys dividing the various sections of the gardens were organized in the shape of the Jewish menorah.
The Roseto has around 1.100 different species of roses on display. The higher, bigger part of the garden contains the permanent collection, while the lower part shows the roses that participated in the Premio Roma.
Municipal Rose Garden Practical Information
|Address||Via di Valle Murcia - 00153 Rome, Italy|
|District||Rome historical center (Aventino).|
|Hotels nearby||Rome Rose Garden Hotels|
|Telephone||+39 065746810 for reservations and information|
|Opening Hours||In 2014 the Rose Garden is opened every day from April 21st until June 15th. The sole exception is May 17th when the jury of the Premio Roma has to prepare for the event, which starts the day after. The garden is open until sunset|
|Closed||Rest of the year|
|Admission||Free entrance, also during the Premio Roma.|
|Public transport||Bus: 81, 628 and 715; Metro line B: Circo Massimo.|
|Special Holidays/Events||Annual "Premio Roma" Rose festival. In 2014 the 72nd edition is taking place.|
|Note||Even though the Municipal Rose Garden is open until more or less the end of June, it is best to plan your visit earlier, for the simple reason that by the end of the season the roses will not be in bloom anymore and the garden will be less spectacular.|
Directions to the Municipal Rose Garden
Take metro line B to Circo Massimo. Follow the Via del Circo Massimo and turn left when you reach the Piazzale Ugo La Malfa. The entrance to the Roseto Comunale is on the Via di Valle Murcia.